Online Absence

ATTENTION TEENS OF CYBERSPACE (aka those on my Facebook page) AND ADVISORS OF THE WORLD (again, those on my Facebook page and twitter account…. Don’t judge me.)

I have a confession to make…

I’ve been a little lazy lately.

No. That’s an understatement. Let’s try again. Ahem…

I’ve been slacking off on writing these during the last few months.


Wait, ok. That’s still not cutting it. One last time…

I have been totally failing you in terms of online content.


Much better.

As of late, I’ve been holding down the fort by supplying you with haiku-like status updates, quote-driven status posts, and to top it all off, random statuses to make you giggle (which, by the way, if you’re keeping tabs, are all the same thing). Sadly, I’ve been a lame “supplier of wisdom” who fits everything in 140 characters or less (which isn’t fair to you or anyone else).

Recently, it took an amazing friend and fellow speaker (hi Patrick) to metaphorically beat me over the head with a 2X4 to realize my downfall and get back on track.

And the best part is…I’m loving it (queue McDonalds jingle…

Helping you from the stage as a “youth motivational speaker” (I have to put it in quotes because it still sounds weird to me) is great, but getting the opportunity to slam down thoughts in writing that will (hopefully) instill some sort of excitement or inspiration is equally important.

And at the same time, writing is something I truly enjoy doing. Whether it is answering your questions during the Formspring run we did last year (which, for the hundred or-so of you who were a part of it…thank you) to writing down content that your educators can pass on to you in the classroom, my true joy from “working” (if you can even call it that) is helping you with life as it hits.

But instead of simply proclaiming that I’m back, I have something I want to say directly to you this week.

Look hard at the computer….Ready? Ok…

I want you to pick something back up this week you’ve recently dropped.

I’m talking about something you love doing. That hobby you started doing less of recently. That activity you don’t seem to have time for.

Yep. I want you to add another thing to your plate.

Btw–don’t you dare click off of this page right now…You have not received any notifications in the last 2 minutes. If you click the “back”, I will sick my hamster on you.

I completely understand the fall crunch you’re most likely experiencing. School has started, fall sports are beginning once again, you’re overloaded with homework, and you have that one teacher who refuses to let you do anything with your life but write Cornell Notes.

What am I getting at then? Simple—In order to have the energy, motivation, and will to do the things you have to do, you need to spend more time doing the things that you want to do.

I’m not saying that you need to cut the amount of sleep you get at night or anything like that, but taking just 10 minutes away from Facebook and diving into that book, calling up that old friend, or learning to play that new song might just be the thing you need to get through the early part of the school year.

And while you’re at it, share the joy you experience with others. It wasn’t until a friend beat me over the head with this that I was able to experience it for myself.  If nothing else, spend some time doing these things with friends so that they can enjoy life a little more as well.

In doing so, I promise that your mind, your body your friend, and my hamster will thank you.

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